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Gatsby vs Ruth The Battle of Self-CreationIn Fay Weldons The Life and Loves of a She-Devil and F Scott Fitzgeralds The Great Gatsby the main characters Ruth and Gatsby go through a process of re-inventing themselves Each character tries to change themselves so they can in some way improve their lives Though each character tries to re-invent themselves both of their reasons for doing so are completely different The characters may have different reasons for changing themselves but both end up almost in the same spotIn The Life and Loves of a She-Devil Ruth is the character that goes through the transformation After being cheated on by her husband Bobbo ridiculed by him in front of his parents and basically deserted with her two children and the dog Ruth decides that she needs to make a change She wants to make Bobbo suffer for all the pain that he put her throughRuth goes to the extreme limits to make Bobbo suffer In order to make him suffer Ruth has to change her whole life around The first thing she does is blow up their house Ruth wants to get rid of the past so she can start a new She then drives over to Mary Fishers house Bobbos mistress and drops off the two children with him Next Ruth gets a job at Restwood Retirement Home the same place where Mary Fishers mother was a resident After a while Ruth sets it up so that Mrs Fisher is kicked out of Restwood and forced to move in with Mary Bobbo and his two children Then Ruth starts to work on herself She changes her name to Vesta Rose and starts the Vesta Rose Agency This agency is a temp service that trains women basic secretarial skills and even gets them jobs While working there Ruth starts sneaking into Bobbos office in the city with the spare key she still had Ruth would transfer money from
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